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Ingrown Hair Scar, Won’t Heal, How to Get Rid Naturally

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Ingrown hair scar is a common complaint for anyone who has had an ingrown hair bump. Scarring is a natural part of healing process. Ingrown hairs are common in parts of the body where hair is removed frequently. They occur when hair curls back into the skin or fail to penetrate to the surface.

Ingrown hair bump and scars are not a serious condition, they can, however, be painful and irritating especially when occurring around the groin. The scars can occur on any part of the body.

When infected, an ingrown hair bump can turn red, itchy, painful and swollen in most cases. This can result from an infection of the hair follicle or from a secondary infection. Most infections can be treated with oral o topical antibiotics.

An ingrown hair scar can result from an ingrown hair caused by any of the following:

  • Poor hair removal techniques such as shaving and waxing
  • Friction from wearing ill-fitting clothes
  • Poor hygiene causing fungal and bacterial infections
  • Chemical irritants and poor quality makeup
  • Clogging of the hair follicles with dirt, sebum, makeup and dead skin cells.

Ingrown hair scar bump

What do ingrown hair scar bumps look like? After shaving your beard, head, scrotum, around the groin area or along the bikini line, you are likely to notice some small itchy, red, and painful bumps appear.  These bumps will resemble small pimples but they are not actually pimples, they are not hives either, they are known as ingrown hair bumps or razor bumps.

They are hair that has curled around and grown back into your skin. Instead of rising up from the skin, ingrown hair grows sideways or under the skin. This occurs in two ways:

  • Sebum, dirt and dead skin cells clog the hair follicles making it hard for the hair to grow outwards and upwards or
  • In people with naturally coarse and curly hair, cutting it too close to the skin will result in the sharp end piercing the skin causing the hair to grow downwards this is what causes an ingrown hair bump.

According to WebMD, an ingrown hair bump will produce a raised red bump that can be itchy and irritates the skin. The bump will often look like a little pimple when infected, it forms a painful, boil-like sore that will heal to form a scar.

For men, these bumps will often poop up as a bunch of little pimples on the chin, neck, and cheek after shaving. For women, ingrown hair bumps can be seen on legs, in public areas, and under armpits. The bumps can also appear on your butt.

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Ingrown hair under scar tissue

A scar according to NHS is a mark left on the skin after a wound or injury has healed. It is a natural part of the healing process. Thought some may never disappear, most will fade away or become pale over time.

For a large scar occurring on the scalp, on the cheek, or on the chin, it is not uncommon for one to notice an ingrown hair under the scar tissue.

This occurs because the scar tissue blocks the hair from penetrating out of the skin as a result, the hair may curve downward or sideways to form the ingrown hair.

It is worth mentioning that scars can be a fine line, a pitted hole on the skin or an abnormal overgrowth of tissue. Scars can be categorized into:

a) Normal fine line scars, these are a result of a minor wound like a cut. The scar is a red, raised line that gets paler and flattens over time. They will often not disappear completely, one is left with a visible line or mark

b) Keloid scar which is an overgrowth of tissue. It occurs when too much collagen is produced at the site of the wound. This scar will keep growing even after the wound has healed

c) Hypertrophic scars, like keloid scars, these too are formed by excess collagen production. Unlike keloid scars, they do not extend the boundaries of the wound. They may continue to thicken up to a period of six months

d) Sunken or pitted scars this is caused by skin conditions such as acne, chicken pox or ingrown hair. They are also referred to as atrophic or icepick scars.

e) Scars contracture, these are often caused by burns, they are formed when the skin shrinks causing it to tighten. They can restrict movements.

Ingrown hair scar on stomach

On stomach, the early signs of an ingrown hair bump can be shown by symptoms such as itching, tingling and continued urge to scratch. As mentioned, ingrown hair can occur on any part of the body. When occurring on the stomach, ingrown hair scars can result from ingrown hair bump caused by:

  • Hormonal changes, imbalance or fluctuation, this is common in women during period and when pregnant
  • The bumps can also occur as a result of damaged hair follicles from wearing ill-fitting or irritating clothes

Regardless of what the underlying cause is, the bumps can then result in dark scars after healing. As said, scars are a natural healing process of a wound.

Women are more like to develop ingrown hair scars or bumps on the stomach than men.  You should avoid scratching, popping or touching the bumps with dirty hands as this increase the chances of the bump becoming infected.

There are a lot of natural remedies you can use to relieve the symptoms and get rid of the bumps at home.  These options are discussed in the section below.

Ingrown hair scar on pubic area and on bikini line

It is common for ingrown hair bump to leave scars after healing. As mentioned, scars are a natural healing process. On pubic area and on bikini line, poor methods of hair removal are the major cause of ingrown hair.

Other known cause of ingrown hair on pubic area will include

  • Irritation from wearing ill-fitting clothes
  • Poor hygiene that causes the hair follicles to clog
  • Using heavy cosmetic products
  • Hormonal fluctuation especially during period and during pregnancy

Though the scars will often clear on their own, they can be really annoying and embarrassing when occurring along the bikini line. There are some things you could do to improve the appearance of the scars.

If they fail to go away, we recommend you have your dermatologist look at them as soon as possible.

Ingrown hair scars on pubic area will in most cases be mistaken for sexually transmitted bumps such as herpes and genital warts. Your healthcare provider will be able to examine the scars and ascertain whether it is something serious or not.

To manage ingrown hair on bikini line or on pubic area, we recommend you do the following:

  • Stop shaving and removing hair from your bikini line for a while. As the hair grows, the buried tip may eventually extract itself from underneath the  skin
  • You can use a needle or a pair of tweezers to gently draw out the ingrown hair
  • An alternative would be to scrape the papule with a soft-bristle brush. when scrapping the ingrown hair, do it gently in a circular motion
  • Topical creams as retinoid, cortisone and hydrocortisone can be used to kill bacterial infections, remove dead skin cells from the pores and decrease inflammation.
  • For swollen ingrown hair bump, a gentle warm compress on the affected area can help relieve the swelling and soothe the itching

See also: A pimple like Bump in Pubic Area, males, female, Causes, get rid

How to get rid of ingrown hair scars on legs naturally

Razor bumps, or ingrown hair bumps and scars can naturally be removed at home with simple remedies.   Here are some of the most effective ways you can use to get rid of the ingrown hair on skin that causes red, raised, pimple-like bump.

The remedies can also help soothe and relieve the redness, inflammation, pain, itching, and irritations. Discontinue the use of the remedies if you notice any reaction or the bumps and scars seems not to go away. We recommend you see your dermatology as soon as possible.

1. Tea tree oil

This is one of the most effective remedies that can be used on skin. It is said to be an antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory agent. To use this remedy:

  • Dilute few drops of tea tree oil
  • You can use a clean cotton ball to apply the remedy on the affected area
  • Leave it on for a few minutes before rinsing it off
  • If you have a sensitive skin, try the remedy on a small portion of skin before applying it over a large part of skin

2. Aspirin Paste

When the ingrown hair scar causes redness and inflammation, applying a paste of aspirin can be the best way to get rid of it. The anti-inflammatory properties of aspirin will help reduce the swelling and fight mild infections.

  • Soak 5 aspirin tablets in few tablespoons of water
  • You can add a tablespoon of raw Manuka honey to prepare a thick paste
  • Apply the resulting paste on the affected area and leave it on for 10 minutes
  • Wash it off with cold water, repeat this twice or thrice a day

3. Sugar Scrub

Applying a sugar scrub over the affected area can be a great way to exfoliate the skin and get rid of the ingrown hair. When used on face, a sugar scrub can make your skin appear silky smooth.

  • Mix a cup of sugar with half a cup of virgin oil
  • You can also add few drops of tea tree oil then gently mix
  • Apply the fine paste on the affected area then leave it on for some minutes
  • You can then rinse it off with lukewarm water
  • You will need to repeat this 2-3 times a day

4. Apple cider vinegar

You can also use ACV to reduce inflammation and soothe the skin of itching and irritation. This remedy can be a great way to destroy skin bacterial and yeast. This will help reduce the risk of infection. use a clean cotton ball or washcloth to gently apply the remedy over the affected area.

Deep ingrown hair removal

5. Benzoyl peroxide

For a deep ingrown hair filled with pus, applying benzoyl peroxide twice a day will help soften the skin making it easier to remove or get rid of the ingrown hair. This remedy is an effective way to remove all the dead skin cell clogging the skin pores.

6. Exfoliating

Exfoliating a deep ingrown hair scar can help reduce the prominence of the scar by slowly fading them away. This option does not, however, remove the scar completely. There are some side effects involved when using a chemical cream to exfoliate.

At home, you can use lemon juice to safely remove the scars.

7. Chemical Peeling

Chemical creams can also be used to remove the ingrown hair. This option can be used to improve the appearance of the skin. In this procedure, a chemical solution is applied to the affected part of the skin. It causes the skin to exfoliate and eventually peel off.

8. Laser treatment

Pulse dye laser therapy is recommended for removal of deep ingrown hair. Minimum side effects are often involved when using this method to remove the scars.

9. Microdermabrasion

Microdermabrasion is a painless cosmetic procedure that can be used to get rid of deep ingrown hair. In this procedure, the skin is sprayed with exfoliant crystals to remove dead epidermal cells. Doing this opens up the skin pores thus extracting the ingrown hair.

Ingrown hair scar won’t heal

Normally, ingrown hair scars won’t take long to heal. Most will infect heal on their own without treatment. When the scar won’t heal, it can be a sign of something serious. Have your dermatologist or health care provider look at it as soon as possible.

According to the American cancer society, possible signs and symptoms of melanoma will include the following:

  • Asymmetry, one half of the scar may fail to match the other
  • Border, the scar may have irregular, ragged, or blurred border
  • Color is not the same and may include different shades of black and brown
  • Diameter, the scar may be larger than 6mm across
  • Evolving, the bump may be characterized by changes in color, shape, and size
  • The scar won’t heal or stop growing

Ingrown hair removal product

Ingrown hair bump and scars are very common and most people are likely to develop them especially after shaving.  The scars are likely to appear on the stomach, on the bikini line, on the scalp, on inner thighs, in armpits among other parts of the body.

There are a lot of creams, gel, and lotion that can be used to remove ingrown hair, get rid of the bump and conceal the scars. So if you are worried about that ingrown hair scar on face, there are lightening creams you can use.

Common removal products in the market will include the following:

  1. Cortisone creams can be used to get rid of red ingrown hair scars not only on the face but also from other parts of the body. These creams reduce redness by relieving the swelling of the scar
  2. Natural lightening creams can be used to remove the scars. These creams can be used to lighten dark scar. If you are to use these products, go for one contain only natural ingredients such as vitamin C, Arbutin, and kojic acid.
  3. A glycolic acid lotion is a common Alpha Hydroxyl Acids that can be used to exfoliate the skin reducing the appearance of the scars on face, stomach, neck, bikini line among other parts.
  4. Other effective products will include:
  • Bio oil, effective for fresh ingrown hair scars and stretch marks
  • Melarase creams effective for getting rid of acne scars and dark spots on face, legs, and face.

How to prevent ingrown hair scar

Preventing ingrown hair scars involves preventing the formation of ingrown hair in the first place. If you can prevent the formation of ingrown hair, then you won’t need to worry about ingrown hair scars.

  • When occurring after shaving or waxing, the best way to prevent the bumps will be to try another option of hair removal.  There are other effective hair removal methods that include  using depilatory creams, laser removal, electrolysis among others methods
  • If you have to shave, you have to use a sharp, single bladed razor
  • Use as few strokes of razor as possible, this can help reduce damage to the skin
  • Before shaving, make sure to wet your skin with warm water, you can also apply a shaving cream or lubricating gel
  • You have to shave in the direction your hair grows, this goes for eh cheek, chin, head, and pubic area
  • Avoid shaving too close to the skin, this will ensure you are not damaging the skin
  • To reduce skin irritation, apply a cold compress to the area, at home you can do this using a cold washcloth

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References:

  1. WebMD, how do ingrown hair bumps look like https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/ingrown-hair-causes-symptoms-treatment
  2. Home remedies for ingrown hair: http://www.top10homeremedies.com/home-remedies/home-remedies-ingrown-hair.html
  3. National Health Services, types of scars: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/scars/pages/introduction.aspx
  4. American Cancer Society, signs and symptoms of melanoma skin cancer: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/melanoma-skin-cancer/detection-diagnosis-staging/signs-and-symptoms.html

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